Western Cape Education Department & another v S (Women’s Legal Centre as Amicus Curiae)

Western Cape Education Department & another v S (Women’s Legal Centre as Amicus Curiae)

Media Statement

Head of Department: Western Cape Education Department & another v S (Women’s Legal Centre as Amicus Curiae) (1209/2016) [2017]:

The Women’s Legal Centre welcomes the judgment handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal on Wednesday 13 December 2017.

The judgment concerned the mother of a child who had attended Fish Hoek High School since 2011. Ms S submitted her first application for a fee exemption in that same year. The form required, inter alia, that the combined annual gross income of the child’s parents be provided. Continue Reading

Levenstein (and 7 others) and Sidney Frankel

Levenstein (and 7 others) and Sidney Frankel

Media Release

LEVENSTEIN & 7 OTHERS /SIDNEY FRANKEL & OTHERS 170/17 (CC ): PARTIES TO SEEK CONFIRMATION OF JUDGMENT THAT DECLARED PRESCRIPTION OF SEXUAL OFFENCES UNCONSTITUTIONAL

On 14 November the Constitutional Court will hear the case seeking confirmation of the South Gauteng High Court judgment handed down on the 19 June by Acting Judge Hartford in the matter between Levenstein (and 7 others) and Sidney Frankel, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, and the Director of Public Prosecutions, (Case 29573/2016). The judgement struck down section 18 of the Criminal Procedure Act as unconstitutional. The section barred the right to prosecute all sexual offences, other than rape, after a period of 20 years after the offence has been perpetrated. Continue Reading

We are shocked at the arrest of our colleagues by the Tanzanian Police

Media Statement

Issued by CHESA and ISLA.

20 October 2017, Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania: On Tuesday, 17 October 2017, a legal consultation convened by Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) and Community Health Services and Advocacy (CHESA) was raided by the Tanzanian Police. The consultation was convened in order to get more instructions and evidence on a case that we plan to file before a court. The case concerns a challenge to government’s decision to limit the provision of certain health services that it had previously provided. Continue Reading

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President dismiss Mduduzi Manan

President dismiss Mduduzi Manan

Media Release

President dismiss Mduduzi Manana – The WLC requests President dismiss Mduduzi Manana, failing this, an urgent application will be launched before the courts.

Cape Town, Wednesday 16 August 2017; The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC,) in a letter sent today to the Presidency, has requested President Jacob Zuma to dismiss Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mr Mduduzi Manana, who has admitted publicly to physically assaulting at least one woman at a nightclub in Fourways, Johannesburg, on 6 August 2017.

Mr Zuma, as head of the Executive, and President of the country, appointed Mr Manana as a Deputy Minister. He has the power to dismiss him in terms of section 93 of the Constitution.

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Harnaker Matter: The Irony Of The Law In Regards To Muslim Marriages

Harnaker Matter: The Irony Of The Law In Regards To Muslim Marriages

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Harnaker Matter: The Irony Of The Law In Regards To Muslim Marriages

On the 14 August 2017,  Judge Le Grange of the Western Cape High Court heard an application which stemmed from an adverse administrative decision taken the Deeds Office in the exercise of its discretion conferred on it by the Deeds Registries Act 47 of 1937.

The brief facts of the matter are that the deceased left a Sharia Will which allocated different shares of his Estate to his children and spouses to whom he was married in terms of Islamic and Civil law.

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Why impunity must end?

Why impunity must end?

Press Release

Deputy Minister’s attack on women highlights why impunity must end.

Tuesday 08 August 2017; The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) strongly condemns the actions of Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manana, for allegedly assaulting two women when he became angry during a presidential debate at a private club in Fourways at the weekend. The women were slapped in the face, resulting in a black eye and other bruising to their bodies.

The fact that Manana has come out against gender based violence (GBV) several times, makes his actions on Sunday even more deplorable.

Last year speaking about the proposed Rhodes University’s Sexual and GBV Dialogue, Manana said that “… we should be glad that these heinous acts are brought to the surface so that we can find ways to deal decisively with them”.

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Parliament must dismiss Mr Mduduzi Manana

Parliament must dismiss Mr Mduduzi Manana

Media Release

Parliament must dismiss Mr Mduduzi Manana as an MP, to send a clear message that violence against women will not be tolerated.

On 19 August Mr Mduduzi Manana resigned as Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training. President Zuma accepted his resignation. This was after Mr Manana admitted publicly to physically assaulting at least one woman at a nightclub in Fourways, Johannesburg, on 6 August 2017. However, it is of concern that we note that Mr Manana has not resigned as a Member of Parliament, and has indicated that he will continue in this position.

The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) is a non-profit law centre, which strives for the achievement of equality for women; and accordingly we view Mr Manana’s conduct in the most serious light.

Says Advocate Bronwyn Pithey from the WLC; “Simply put, his assault on a woman is a most telling indictment of his flagrant disregard for the constitutional values of South Africa, let alone the criminal nature of the conduct in question.”

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